Saturday, December 19, 2009

This weekend we attempted to better organize the storefront. We restacked the scrap wood that we're just not ready to get rid of, got rid of 2 pieces of carpet, swept up the leftover plaster from demo a year ago, and started ripping up the linoleum and plywood. It's looking like we'll need to replace about 10 of the 20' long 2"x10" floor joists and the original wood floor, which was beneath the linoleum but is totally rotten from years of water. The last picture shows Reid pulling up the original pine floor easily without tools because it's so rotten it's almost dirt. Maybe we can still salvage the floors in the front of the space...? We'll find out once we pull up the linoleum in the front.
Regardless, now the joists are exposed and can dry a bit. Maybe this will help the horrible mold problem...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Today we installed the new (used) front door that we found at Home Emporium (a type of building reuse store) yesterday for $100. The old front door was steel and dented and rubbed against the brick wall inside. It also screamed "vacant" and "ghetto."
And this past Wednesday evening we drove by and found the steel door wide open. No one was inside and no damage had been done nor property stolen, so we suspect that the strong winds that day had jiggled the door enough to open it! I know it sounds crazy, but the lock on that door had gotten so bad that we had to jiggle it to lock and unlock maybe the wind could have blew it open...?

The new door, while probably not the last door for the space, says "don't sit on this stoop because someone might use this door!" :)